August 6, 2009

Fun Stuff 2009

Dec. 31-Jan 2 New Years at Dneesh's.
Jan. 3 - Locust Fork. To 160. Level 2.8. In the Mag.
Jan 4 - Mulberry. Level 651 cfs.
Jan 10 - Mulberry. Level 2.5 feet. (1170 cfs. IIRC?) With Juliet.
Jan 13- Roll Practice, UAB pool.
Rolled 50 times with paddle, 4 times with handpaddles. In the Mag.
Jan 18 - Ridge 'riding' in Milo's car with Andy Z. and Dave C.
Jan 31 - Keel Mountain Ridgewalk. Qualified my find from last March as Wake Up Well. Reed found a 100 ft. pit! With Dave H., Jason W., Reed H.
Jan 27 - Roll Practice, UAB pool. Tried a zillion times to hand-roll the EZ.
Feb 4 - Turned 43
Feb 8 - Cahaba, Grants Mill Rd. to Overton Rd. Paddled with Dave H in his Blue Hole Canoe, Jeff H, Joel and Sissy in their flatwater kayaks. Pics HERE.
Feb 14 - BE&K 5K Run. in 34:44 minutes. That is 11:12 mile.
Feb 15 - Golly Hole, Cahaba ferry site. With Milo W. and Andy Z. Pics HERE.
Feb 16 - Ridgewalk, Lower Big Coon. With Dave H. Pics HERE.
Feb 20-22 - Guntersville Getaway/Cathedral Caverns. Pics HERE. More pics HERE.
Feb 28- Adam's Heart Run 5k. Got there late, had to catch up to the pack, still ran in 38 and some change.
Feb 28- Fossil Hunt. Pics HERE.
March 1 - Snow! Pics HERE.
March 7 - KofC 5k run.
March 7 - Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak race.
March 15 - ALF run of the Middle Tellico, 2.3 ft.
Hit my elbow and swam at the same spot I pitoned and swam two years ago!
March 22 - Locust Fork, level 2.8. With Dr. Wendy, Bubba, Tracy, Vander, Mark, Kenny, BJ, Mary Francis, Paul.
March 28 - Rickwood Caverns, lollygagging in Blount Co. With the Howell family and Dave and Edna C. We walked the nice trail on site at Rickwood Caverns, then toured the cave. Then we ridgewalked in the region of Smoke Rise Sink Cave.
March 29 - Oak Mtn. I visited the petting farm, they have baby lambs and goats! Then walked up the Treetop Nature Trail to the Wildlife Rescue Center and back.
April 5 -Mulberry Fork, level 2.5 ft. With the BCC. Pics HERE. Video HERE.
April 12 - Mulberry Fork, level 2 ft. In the XXX. With Joan S. and several of her friends.
April 19 - Mulberry Fork, level 750ish. In the XXX. With Joan, Vander, Tracy, Mary Francis, Mark. Pics HERE. Video HERE.
April 25 - Moved furniture into my new house.
May 2 -
Went to the Mulberry, it was at 6 ft, I declined to paddle it. Went to the takeout and waited for my friends, watched the 5-0 wave and talked to some locals. When my friends arrived Ann went to Murphy creek and ran it while we watched.
May 9-10 - Walls of Jericho hike, with the Bham Grotto. TR HERE. Pics HERE and HERE.
May 15-17 - Boaterchick Festival 09. TR: HERE. Pics HERE. Video HERE.
May 23 - Hiwassee, GCA trip. Video of Thread the Needle HERE. Pics HERE.
May 24 - Cartecay, GCA trip. To the DNR parking lot. Level 1.8 I think that's the old gauge. Video of Clear Creek Falls HERE. Pics HERE.
May 25 - Cahaba Helena to AlSmallBoats. With Dave and Valerie Howell, and Reed Hilton. Level 350ish at Mtn. Brook Gauge. Pics HERE.
May 30- Rolling practice Oak Mtn. Lake. With Panda. Tried and failed to roll a CR125.
June 3-7 - Buffalo River and Indian Creek hike
, Arkansas. Pics HERE. Trip report HERE.
June 27 - Banning Mills Zip Line Canopy Tour. Pics HERE.
June 28-July 3 - Carolina Canoe Club Week of Rivers. At Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground. 5 rivers in 5 days. Sunday - Hiwassee (with the BCC fast kayak class). Monday - Chattooga 3.5, level 1.37 on the bridge. Tuesday - Pigeon River with Watchis in her CR 125, Dneesh and Foamie George in the Blue Pig raft. Wednesday - Nantahala Ferebee through the falls. Thursday, French Broad River, level 1010.
Pics of Week of Rivers HERE. Friday, drove home. Saturday, BBQ at my brother Frank's house.
July 11- BCC pool party at the Hogan's.
July 12 - Coosa. In the EZ.
Level was supposed to be 6000, but felt low, and by the time we got to the Gap the locals told us it had been steadily dropping. At the takeout it was pitiful - 2000 or less.
July 18- Middle Ocoee. In the EZ.
Upper was releasing. Put-in below Grumpy, sneaked left of the rock at Broken Nose, left at Double Suck, bony left at Double Trouble. Dry hair day.
July 19 - Hiwassee. With the BCC Fast Class. 2 generators. Pics HERE. Video HERE.
July 26 - Coosa. In the EZ. Level 4000. Got on the Gap twice. With Jenni H, Renee C and Allen J.
Aug. 1 - Mulberry Fork. Level 800? And falling fast... With Vander H., Jenni H., Mark G., Joseph and Arlene, many many others. Surfed Training Wheels, Lunch Stop and tried to get some 360's in 5-0. Great summer treat to have local water! Pics HERE.
Video HERE.
Aug. 8-9 Summer Slam with the BCC. Sat. Tuckaseegee, Sun. Nanty.
Aug. 15 - Lesson Ocoee with Jeff West.
Aug. 15-16 Hiwassee. With the BCC Fast Class.
Aug. 22-23 Ohiopyle Falls Race Sat. In the Topo-Duo. Level 1.75. Lower Yough Sun. In a Wavesport EZG 50. Level 1.65ish.
Pics HERE. Videos HERE.
Aug. 29-30 Hiwassee. With the BCC Slow Class.
Sept. 12 - Lesson Ocoee with Jeff West.
Sept. 19-20 BCC Old Timers Trip. Hiwassee, EZ.
Sept. 27 Mulberry. In the EZ. With Glen, Heather and Joan. 5 combat rolls!
Oct. 8-11 TAG Fall Cave-In.
Pics HERE.
Oct. 16-18 Bridge Day at the New River Gorge. Pics HERE. Video HERE.
Oct. 24 Alabama Vs. Tennessee. Pics HERE.
Nov. 7 - Rappel at Weaver Pt., in Little River Canyon. Pics HERE.
Nov. 14- Rappel at Whitesides Mtn, N.C. Pics HERE.
Nov. 22 - Ladies' Trip to Tumbling Rock Cave. With Kim, Karen, Deirdra, and Michelle.
Pics HERE.
Dec. 5 - Alabama beats Florida for the SEC Championship. With my mom, at her house, just the two of us.
Dec. 5-6 Howdy Puff Fest at Moses' Tomb. With Jeff H, Deirdra H, Hazard, and various other cavers. I bounced Moses' Tomb pit for the first time on Sunday. 230'.
Dec 19 - Ranelli Christmas Party
Dec 21 - Locust Fork, with Team V.
Level 5.2 ft. In the Riot Magnum. High 47.
Dec 27 - Locust Fork. With Tracy G., Jenni H., Fred and Michael H. Level 4 ft. In the Riot Magnum. High 52.
Dec 31 - NYears Eve party at Leigh's. With the Pell City boys.